Employee Spotlight: Ann Peczynski

Name: Ann Peczynski, Finance Assistance

How long have you worked here?
21 years

What made you decide to work here?
I heard that it was a nice place to work and there was a part time opening in accounts payable. I had worked in accounts payable at my previous job before taking a few years off to raise my son.

How had you heard of Angela Hospice?
Through a friend who had a friend that worked here, who actually told me about the job opening.

What’s a typical day like for you?
I handle the accounts payable and other financial functions. It keeps me busy, which I enjoy.

Ann (far left) has worked in finance at Angela Hospice
for 21 years.
What is your favorite part about working at Angela Hospice?
I enjoy it because of our mission, all the good we do in the community, and the wonderful people that I work with – now and through my 21 year history.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Angela Hospice?
The opening of the new Care Center. Watching it all unfold and being a part of it was a wonderful experience.

Volunteer Spotlight: Alnora Gallo

Name: Alnora Gallo

How long have you been a volunteer?
Two years.

What areas do you work in/what sort of tasks do you do as a volunteer?
Works annual events, mailings, and sells raffle tickets.

What made you decide to become a volunteer?
I enjoy helping others any way that I’m able to. I have plenty of time to give and volunteering keeps me actively involved in my community.

Why Angela Hospice?
Because it’s affiliated with the Catholic Church and the location is very convenient. But, most importantly, the work they do helps so many.

What is your favorite part about volunteering?
Being able to help people and keeping myself active in my senior years. Working with the other volunteers has been so rewarding to me.

Alnora (center) can often be found working registration
at the Angela Hospice events.
What is one of your favorite stories or memories from volunteering?
One day while I was selling raffle tickets a young lady purchased several tickets and started to walk away. Then she turned around and purchased several more tickets. When I asked her to wait for her tickets she said, “Just keep it. Angela Hospice was so good to my mother when she needed help.” Sometimes people will just give money when we’re selling raffle tickets and not even take tickets.

I’ve heard this over and over again. It’s extremely heartwarming. Most ticket buyers have an Angela Hospice story. 

Employee Spotlight: Lisa Norton

Name: Lisa Norton, Public Relations and Development IT Coordinator

How long have you worked here?
15 years.

What made you decide to work here?
I was taking a journalism class at Madonna University, and our guest speaker from one of the Detroit newspapers ended up not being able to make it. But the public relations coordinator from Angela Hospice happened to be walking by, and the professor called her in to talk to the class. She mentioned they were looking for a public relations intern. I applied for it, and came on as an intern for the summer. I was hired on part-time while I was in college, then full-time after I graduated. The way it happened so unexpectedly, almost randomly – I had never considered a career in public relations (although a career aptitude test I took in the seventh grade suggested it!) – it really felt serendipitous to me, like I was meant to be here. I know there are a few people on staff here that have stories like that.

How had you heard of Angela Hospice?
I grew up in Livonia, and as a student at Churchill High School, I had friends in the Spanish Club that did fundraisers for Angela Hospice. That was the first I had heard of Angela Hospice.

Lisa (center) with her mom and dad at last years's
Light Up a Life Gala.
What’s a typical day like for you?
My job is really a unique combination of duties. When I first came to Angela hospice, I was working just on public relations, but then I began to do more graphic design and photography. Then I became involved in fund-raising, event support, and assisting with marketing. The last piece of the puzzle was when I took over managing the fundraising database. I have so many different aspects to my job, and I work with all different departments within the agency, so my job is pretty different from day to day. I know a lot of times I come in thinking my main priority is to work on a certain project. Next thing you know it's five o’clock and I haven't even touched it. But I'm always very busy with a variety of projects. I like that there's so much variety to my job, and I enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with my colleagues. I feel like we have a really great team and it's an honor to be part of it.

What is your favorite part about working at Angela Hospice?
I love being part of an organization that I really believe in. I could never do what our nurses and aides do, but I have so much respect for them. I’m grateful that I can help out in my own way to contribute to something really positive in the community.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Angela Hospice?
One time for our women's event I got to purchase 70 purses online that we used as centerpieces and sold as a fundraiser. I felt like that was pretty much every woman's dream, getting to pick out all those purses.

But seriously, I’ve interviewed some really interesting patients and families for articles I’ve written over the years, and some of those memories have really stayed with me. Especially when I interviewed the mother of a pediatric patient, and she let me hold him. That definitely had an impact on me.